Ken Burns tops himself with this epic of American history, told in “nine innings,” with a skilled narration by John Chancellor and the voices of Paul Newman, Jason Robards, Billy Crystal, and other stars. The series spans 150 years, starting with the tale of baseball’s true beginnings. Then follow the growth of America’s National Pastime through the decades of glory and record-setting achievements, as well as the scandals, the bigotry, and the big money. The series portrays the game as a mirror of America itself — the passions, prejudices, and ambitions that have shape the country.

  • Inning 1: Our Game (1840-1900)
  • Inning 2: Something Like War (1900-1910)
  • Inning 3: The Faith of Fifty Million People (1910-1920)
  • Inning 4: A National Heirloom (1920-1930)
  • Inning 5: Shadow Ball (1930-1940)
  • Inning 6: A National Pastime (1940-1950)
  • Inning 7: The Capital of Baseball (1950-1960)
  • Inning 8: A Whole New Ballgame (1960-1970)
  • Inning 9: Home (1970-1994)
  • Inning 10: The Tenth Inning (1994-2010)
Baseball  Documentary, History, Sport | 19h | TV Mini-Series (1994–2010) 9.2
Stars: John Chancellor, Daniel Okrent, Ossie DavisSummary: Ken Burns relates the history of baseball in a fashion similar to that of his Civil War mini series. Old-time photos and illustrations depict the games early years, while newsreels and video clips highlight more recent developments. Players and participants speak in their own words, and sports writers and broadcasters offer commentary on the sport and events they witnessed.

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